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College of Arts & Sciences

Atomic, molecular, and optical physics includes both fundamental and applied research on atoms, simple molecules, electrons and light, and their interactions. This work overlaps and enables many areas of science and engineering through the development of methods to manipulate and control light as well as neutral, and charged particles. Researchers also look for new ways to generate light as well as ways to generate new states of light, perform precision measurements, and seek new effects through theoretical studies of the interaction of matter and light.